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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.
There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.

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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.
There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.

    312: From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

    312: From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

    On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian take a look at the complicated and often contentious relationship American officials and anti-racism activists have had with South Africa.

    • 50 min
    311: "The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

    311: "The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

    This week, we're showcasing another incredible history podcast, American Hysteria.

    • 44 min
    310: Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

    310: Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

    On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian learn about the history of the state of Florida.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    309: Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

    309: Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

    On this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf brings you some of his favorite segments from his time with the show.

    • 31 min
    235: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

    235: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

    On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • 51 min
    308: The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

    308: The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

    On this episode of BackStory, Brian speaks with Hussein Banai about the history of U.S./Iran relations.

    • 32 min

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